Framework for psychosocial safety

In some of our psychosocial safety and leadership programs, we share Dr Timothy Clark’s model of psychosocial safety. His model contains the following key elements for creating safe spaces at work and driving performance:

  • – Inclusion safety
  • – Learner safety
  • – Contributor safety
  • – Challenger safety

I’ve shared Timothy Clark’s 25-minute explanation of his model below. It’s rich and well worth reviewing. The video is from an APAC summit—there’s a two-minute introduction at the start, and then he begins.

Key learnings from the video

  • – As leaders, we are each a cultural architect – by design or default, we create the culture in our teams.
  • – Consider the risks of culture by default without intention setting and guidance
  • – Clark talks about the role of a leader in creating a sanctuary of inclusiveness and a space that is an incubator of innovation.
  • – Human interaction is a vulnerable activity – create an environment in your team that rewards vulnerability – enabling a performance response rather than a fear response
  • – 10 minutes into the video, he begins to explore his four stages model
  • – Enabling the performance response in your team starts with inclusion safety, moves through learner safety, through to contributor safety and finally, challenger safety
  • – Clark explores the idea that autonomy is gained through performance
  • – In the last stage, there is growth through intellectual friction between colleagues, but not at the expense of increased social friction.
  • – Inclusion, safety, and contributor safety enables the rich benefits of challenger safety to be gained – a space where the status quo can be challenged in a place of mutual respect and kindness. This fosters an environment of growth and innovation in your team culture, which is truly exciting.

Reflection space

Watch the video and discuss it with a colleague. And look for opportunities to turn the four ideas you chose in the workshop into actions and new behaviours.

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